The National Direct Care Workforce Resource Center

Report March 8, 2022

Building the Direct Care Workforce Movement: The Essential Jobs, Essential Care Multi-State Initiative

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Building the Direct Care Workforce Movement: The Essential Jobs, Essential Care Multi-State Initiative In 2020, PHI launched a multi-state advocacy initiative focused on the direct care workforce in Michigan, New Mexico, and North Carolina. The aim of this brief report is to summarize progress on Essential Jobs, Essential Care, celebrate our successes so far, and preview next steps. We will release a final report on this initiative in Spring 2023.

Key Takeaways

Advocates from across sectors are coming together like never before to promote policy reforms that improve direct care jobs.
PHI launched the Essential Jobs, Essential Care multi-state advocacy initiative in 2020.
PHI's Essential Jobs, Essential Care partners are IMPART Alliance in Michigan, the New Mexico Caregivers Coalition, and the North Carolina Coalition on Aging.
 
Kezia Scales, PhD
About The Author

Kezia Scales, PhD

Senior Director of Policy Research
Kezia Scales oversees PHI’s national research strategies to effectively study the direct care workforce and its relationship to long-term care, providing an evidence base to inform public policies on this critical workforce.

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